Think you’ve got what it takes to turn this newsletter into a poem? | Photo by Karolina Grabowska via Pexels
Calling all readers: In honor of National Poetry Month, you’re officially invited to enter BOStoday’s first poetry contest.
This contest is open to all, and the rules couldn’t be more simple: Turn today’s newsletter into a poem.
We’ll clarify. Using only the words that appear in this newsletter, craft an original poem of up to 75 words. Unlike an erasure poem, the words do not have to appear in the order they’re found — mix and match how you please. Any word appearing anywhere in today’s newsletter is fair game, including the ones you’re reading right now (we’ll throw some fun ones at you: Pink. Gusto. Enchilada.). If a word appears once, you can only use it once.
Submit your poem here by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 16.
Include a title + author’s name in your submission. Titles are an exception to the rule, and do not need to pull words from the newsletter.
Poems, excluding title and author’s name, must be 75 words or less.
The fun stuff:
While we’ve placed a pretty big limitation on your poem’s words, the form + direction is up to you — and we can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
The Editorial team behind BOStoday will narrow submissions down to a group of finalists based on style, originality, artistic quality, and creativity. Finalists will be announced in our Friday, April 21 newsletter and we’ll ask our readers to vote for their favorite poem. The winner’s poem will be featured in our Wednesday, April 26 newsletter.
Pro tip: To make the process easier on yourself, we recommend printing out today’s issue, highlighting the words you find most interesting, and crossing them out as you include them in your poem.
Don’t forget to keep track of your articles (words like “the” or “and”).
Wednesday Trivia Night | Wednesday, Apr. 5 | 6-8 p.m. | Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston | Free | The trivia games will begin at 6 and 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 6
Brewed in Mass Beer Fest | Thursday, Apr. 6 | 6:30 p.m. | WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave., Boston | $5-$25 | Join the Radio Boston team for a conversation on the state of the Bay State’s beer industry and a post-show beer tasting.
Boston Calling Night: The Q-Tip Bandits | Thursday, Apr. 6 | 7-11 p.m. | High Street Place, 100 High St., Boston | Free | Grab a free ticket for the chance to win a pair of tickets to Boston Calling + enjoy two live sets from The Q-Tip Bandits.
The Brighton Bazaar Night Market | Thursday, Apr. 6 | 5-9:30 p.m. | The Charles River Speedway, 525 Western Ave., Brighton | Free to attend | Shop at the monthly pop-up market with 35+ small local businesses selling art, vinyl, and vintage goods.
Friday, April 7
Main Stage Show | Friday, Apr. 7 | 10 p.m. | Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St., Boston | $32-$35 | Spend a laugh-filled evening in the North End with the improv group’s Main Stage cast.
Wednesday, April 12
Bowl of ‘Zole | Wednesday, Apr. 12 | 5-9 p.m. | Lithuanian Citizens Association, 368 W. Broadway, Boston | $55-$85 | Grab tickets for the South Boston event to sample ten takes on pozole and sip mezcal.